General Prosecutor's Office Refused to Extradite Bakiyev on Political Grounds

17.06.2010 09:05

General Prosecutor's Office of Belarus responded negatively to the request of the General Prosecutor's Office of the interim government of Kyrgyzstan for the extradition of the president Kurmanbek Bakiyev on political grounds. It was reported by the chief of Inspections Department of the Kyrgyz General Prosecutor's Office, Sumar Nasiza.

«The General Prosecutor’s Office of Belarus referred to subparagraph E of paragraph 8 of Chisinau Convention on legal assistance of 2002, according to which, the extradition of citizens can not be realized if there are grounds to consider that the request relates to the persecution of a person on racial, religious or political reasons», the representative of the Kyrgyz General Prosecutor’s Office said, Belarusian office of Radio Liberty informed.

Sumar Nasiza expressed lack of understanding of what political persuasion of Kurmanbek Bakiyev Belarus’ General Prosecutor’s Office spoke about. He added that the investigating authorities of Kyrgyzstan had accused Kurmanbek Bakiyev officially on a number of articles of the Penal Code, including the murder of citizens.

Sumar Nasiza stressed that it was the reason why the court elected such preventive measure for Kurmanbek Bakiev as arrest. «We have provided all these documents to the Belarusian side and ensured that Bakiyev to be responsible only for concrete actions and not be prosecuted on political or other grounds, and that the issue will be resolved only by the court», the representative of the General Prosecutor’s Office of Kyrgyzstan said.

Sumar Nasiza also added that the Kyrgyz side would continue to seek the extradition of the president of Kyrgyzstan from Belarus. «We have fulfilled all the requirements under the convention … I think that the Belarusian side has made a political decision, but not a decision in accordance with the convention, taking into account that the Belarusian president officially announced that Bakiyev was under his personal protection, and any demands for his extradition would not be examined», the representative of the Kyrgyz General Prosecutor’s Office stated.